Cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sinks off Sri Lanka

5th Jun, 2021

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The fire-gutted Singapore-registered container cargo vessel MV X-Press Pearl sinks in waters north-west of Colombo. Photograph: Sri Lankan Air Force Media Handout/EPA

A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals has sunk off Sri Lanka’s west coast, and tonnes of plastic pellets have fouled the country’s rich fishing waters in one of its worst marine disasters. The government on Wednesday suspended fishing along a 50-mile stretch of the island’s coastline, affecting 5,600 fishing boats, and hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to clean affected beaches.

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